FOOTPATH, Picos de Europa, Spagna, 2016
For Hamish Fulton walking is the true artwork; what follows is the visual translation - through photographs, watercolors, wooden sculptures and wall painting - of a lived experience.
“I’m a Walking Artist so I don’t produce objects to be introduced in the market, I turn ideas into reality”
Fulton’s art becomes walking alone in natural landscapes totally (or partially) devoid of human intervention or walking in the cities - such as, for example, public walking where the artist asks to a selected audience to participate.
The artist proclaims himself Walking Artist and his walk is a way of life that becomes art: the journey becomes a solitary experience of research and discovery of themselves. The paintings, the sculptures and the wall paintings become objects that translate the experience into a graphic sign where the artist transcribes the numbers that recur within the travels, with accurate details - up to an almost obsessive act: transcribes the temporal dimension, dates from days and nights and the size of the space, given by the steps and directions.
His works remain suspended between objectivity and subjectivity: individual perception is filtered by reason that turns into objects
Hamish Fulton was born in London in 1946. His particular artistic condition doesn’t allow him to be restricted in an atelier or in a specific city. Indeed, we can call his city, or more specifically his atelier, the places that he visited through his long walks, heart of his works.
Fulton, being the master of Walking Art, follows a “leave-no-trace ethic” about his walks; he doesn’t collect any materials of the routes he has taken with the aim to show them in galleries; however, he translates his actions in a large variety of media, combining descriptions based on written texts, photographs, illustrations and wooden sculptures communicating his walking experiences to the visitors. The term “Walking Artist” was invented by Fulton during the Seventies; he doesn’t define himself a Land Art artist, as well as he affirms that none of the two terms of “Walking Art” refers to any particular artistic mean or material; walking becomes the basis that creates his art; it places the artist in connection with Mother Earth. In another interview released to Il Giornale dell’Arte, in 2018, the artist sustains that he cares about another practice that connects him with the question of the environmental protection: the “Deep Ecology”, based on an “ecocentric” system of values that follows an environmental ethic, reflecting about the role of the human being as well as a part of the ecosphere.
In 2017, Fulton held a solo exhibition at the Galleria Michela Rizzo named Unlike a drawn line, a walking line can never be erased; in 2018, during Artissima show, he realized a Public Walk organized by Zurigo’s Häusler Contemporary and Galleria Michela Rizzo, in collaboration with Turin’s Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti and the Educational Department of Castello di Rivoli, Contemporary Art Museum. The project included two hundred people walking for an hour on the historical car track of the Lingotto Fiat.